Support bubbles are only allowed in cases where people live only by themselves, or with their children as a single parent.
So, anyone who has more than one adult in their household would not be eligible to form a support bubble.
Households would literally mean people that live in the same house as you, so even if you are related but don't live together, you wouldn't be able to do contact training together.
Having said that if you are not relatives and living in the same house, you can train together. In this instance proof by way of address will be the easiest means to verify.
In terms of those who can form a bubble, the guidance from our relevant governing body (UKBJJA) is that we 'should not resume sparring/rolling or full contact training – the only exceptions would be for individuals who live in the same household or for athletes registered on the UKBJJA Elite Athlete programme.'
As long as a risk assessment has been conducted, then those in the same household can resume contact between each other.
Clubs or groups can begin to meet again in COVID-19 secure venues. However, you should take care to remain socially distant from anyone you do not live with or is not in your support bubble. You should also limit social interaction with anyone outside of these formal activities even if you see other people you know. Venues should ensure they comply with COVID-19 secure guidelines.
Making a support bubble with another household
In England, if you live by yourself or are a single parent with dependant children – in other words, if there is only one adult in your home – you can expand your close support network so that it includes one other household of any size. This is called making a ‘support bubble’ and means you are able to have close contact with them as you could if they were members of your own household.
We recognise how difficult this time has been, particularly on lonely and isolated people, and this change is designed to provide extra support to some of those most impacted by the current social restrictions. Once you are in a support bubble, you can think of yourself as in a single household.
Keeping support bubbles exclusive
You should not change who is in your bubble or have close contact with anyone else you do not live with. This is critical to keeping you, and your family and friends, as safe as possible.
Physical contact with members of your support bubble
You can have close physical contact with members of your support bubble if you and they want to. Members of your support bubble can effectively be treated like members of your household.
Support bubbles are a cautious step to help people who may be lonely and therefore at greatest risk of isolation. You do not need to socially distance from people in your bubble, but good hand hygiene and other measures can help to keep you and the people you meet as safe as possible.
Some people already take extra precautions with those they live with – for example, if one of them is clinically vulnerable, or one of them has a lot of contact outside the house - and you might want to do the same if you expand your bubble.
If you meet the conditions outlined above, and would like to resume contact training, then please fill in the details about your household/bubble below. By signing this declaration, you are asserting that the details provided are true, and that the criteria are fully met.